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FAME-OUS: Gayle Currie, head coach
of volleyball and women's tennis at
Guilford, will be inducted into the NAIA
Hall of Fame in May. Look right.
RACKET AND ROLLIN': The Lady
Quaker tennis team was 14-0 heading into
fourth seed Cari Peterson's reunion with
UNC-Charlotte Friday. The undefeated
junior played at UNC-C for two years
before transferring to Guilford last fall.
FOR PETE'S SAKE: Though the
men's netters dropped an ODAC match to
Lynchburg Tuesday, 6-3, third-seeded Pete
Burroughs improved his team-best singles
record to 5-4 with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over
YOUNG GUNS: The Guilford base
ball squad's pitching staff is being led by
four youngsters. Sophomores Rick Bev
ille, Tony Smith and Chan Whitson and
freshman Marty Stern have combined to
post a 7-1 record with 64 strike outs for the
WAD'S WISDOM: Columnist Mike
Waddell speaks his mind about the world
of sports. Look down.
Guilford's men's lacrosse team visited
Greensboro College, a first-year program,
before hosting the nation's number-two
ranked NCAA Division 111 squad, Salis
bury State, on Saturday. For a look at this
week's action, see page 15.
TIME FOR BUSY-NESS: After 10
days of inactivity the Lady Quaker la
crosse team hosts Bridgewater at 11 a.m.
CRASH COMING: Lawrence "Crash"
Davis, a former baseball player whose
name was used for Kevin Costner's char
acter in the movie "Bull Durham," will
speak at Guilford Tuesday, April 16. See
HAARLOW SCORE: Golfer Chris
Haarlow finished in third place to lead
Guilford to a fourth-place team finish at
CampLejeune. The NAIA's sixth-ranked
Quakers traveled to the August-Forest Hills
Invitational this weekend.
BASEBALL PREVIEW: The 1991
Major League baseball season begins to
day. Who's hot and who's not? Checkout
the contenders and the pretenders on page
LEADER OF THE BANDS: To find
out who leads each Guilford sports squad
statistically, see page 16.
CHISOX BECOME BO'S-SOX: In a
press conference Wednesday, multi-tal
ented athlete Bo Jackson has accepted an
offer to play baseball for the Chicago White
THE GUILFORDIAN April 8; 1991
NAIA Selects Currie for Hall of Fame
women's tennis and vol
leyball coach Gayle Currie
has earned several honors
in her 15 years of coach
ing. She has received
conference, district and
national coaching awards,
won the NAIA national tennis champion
ship, and was inducted into Guilford's
athletic Hall of Fame.
But even those distinctions could not
prepare Currie for the news that she has
been selected as an inductee to the NAIA
Hall of Fame in May.
"I was totally blindsided," said Currie,
Guilford's first female member and ninth
inductee overall. "I knew that [former
athletic director] Herb Appenzeller had
Alumn Odom Garners ACC Coaches Award
David Odom, one of the most successful
college basketball coaches who graduated
from Guilford, recently won the Atlantic
Coast Conference's Coach of the Year
Award for his performance as the head
coach of the men's basketball team at
Wake Forest University.
Odom coached a-young Deacon team
with only one senior to its first NCAA
Tournamentappearancesince 1984. Wake
Forest won their first game of the tourna
ment against Louisiana Tech before fall
ing to Alabama in the Southeast Regional.
Odom spoke with The Guilfordian in
September 1989 shortly after he returned
to the Triad as a head coach.
Immediately following his graduation
from Guilford in 1965, he became the
coach of Goldsboro High School in his
hometown, Goldsboro, N.C. In 1969, he
began coaching at Durham High School.
Odom began his college coaching ca
reer at Wake Forest in 1976 as an assistant
to Carl Tacy. Following three successful
seasons where the Deacons compiled a 53-
After 15 years of coaching at Guilford, Gayle Currie is an NAIA Hall of Famer/file photo
organized the nomination effort, but I really
thought it was a waste of time."
Though Currie plays down her accom
plishments, the long-time coach has posted
an impressive volleyball match record of
340-209, making her the winningest active
coach in the state. Under her guidance,
Guilford spiker teams have won twoCaro
linas Conference Championships, two
NCAIAW state titles and one NAIA Dis
trict 26 Championship, with 20 or more
33 record, he accepted the head coaching
position at East Carolina University in
1979. While with the Pirates, Odom' s teams
finished 38-42. He resigned his post to
become an assistant at the University of
Virginia in 1982 where, during his stay,
the Cavaliers went 141-83. He accepted
the head coaching position at Wake Forest
on April 9.
Odom, 48, says he still feels a strong
attachment to Guilford, where he played
both football and basketball. In a speech at
a Guilford leadership conference on Sep
tember 16, he reflected on the experiences
he had and the people who made Guilford
a good place for him to go.
Jerry Steele, coach of the basketball
team, was at the top of the list of the people
that Odom talked about.
"He epitomizes Webster's definition of
'loyalty,'" Odom said. "I appreciate all
that he has done for me."
Steele is now the head basketball coach
at High Point College.
Odom also cited the leadership of Herb
Appenzeller and John Stewart, his two
Appenzeller, now a professor of sport
wins in 11 of 15 seasons.
Currie's tennis teams have had similar
success—never suffering a losing season
in 13 years and placing in the top 15 of the
nationals nine of the last 10 seasons. Currie
has led her Lady Quaker netters to a re
markable 186-40 dual match record, in
cluding 13-0 this season as of last week.
"I don't think there's any coach who
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management at Guilford, says he has many
good memories of Odom.
"He was a good quarterback," says
Appenzeller, "but he excelled in basket
ball. Our sports were not that good when
he came to Guilford, but Dave was there
when Coach Steele came to Guilford. Steele
won the NAIA District 26 Coach of the
Year honors with a 5-21 record. Dave was
one of the keys in keeping basketball alive.
He was highly disciplined and our team
turned the corner shortly after he left"
Another teammate, El wood Parker,
currently teaches math at Guilford.
"Dave took few shots," said Parker. "But
he was always in the right place at the right
time. He worked the ball very well to get
the best shots. He was small (5' 10"] yet he
knew what was going on at alt times. He
was an extremely competitive and team
Odom was brought into coaching by the
influences he had in high school and at
"I was taught by career coaches," he
said. "They were not just flashes in the